Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings move up to take Peterson's replacement Dalvin Cook

    Bleacher Report "New Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook may never fill the departed Adrian Peterson's enormous shoes, but that's not what this is about. Folks will inevitably compare Cook—drafted Friday at 41st overall by the Vikings just days after the legendary Peterson signed with the New Orleans..." April 29

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

  • Bridgewater “tolling” issue likely will be moot

    Pro Football Talk "In response to the ESPN report that the Vikings likely won’t pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, NFL Media reported that it won’t matter, if Bridgewater spends the full season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Per a source with knowledge..." April 27

  • History hasn't been kind to Vikings in years without a No. 1 pick

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This will be the 10th time in 57 years of existence that the Vikings have not had a selection in the first round of the NFL draft. There were two other times when the first-rounder signed elsewhere, and another occasion when a Californian refused to play in Minnesota. No matter the rhetoric..." April 27

  • Sam Bradford has better things to do than watch the draft

    Larry Brown Sports "Millions of NFL fans will be tuned into TVs, radios, phones, and other devices on Thursday night to see what their team does in the draft. But Sam Bradford will not be among them. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback will not be watching the..." April 27

  • Latavius Murray plans on being ready for training camp

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson earned a prominent spot in the headlines on Tuesday by signing with the Saints in a move that sets him up for an early return to Minnesota because the two teams will square off in Week One. The plan for the Vikings is for Latavius Murray to be in Peterson’s old spot as the..." April 26

  • Patriots bring former Vikings blocker Brandon Fusco in for a visit

    Pro Football Talk "Since the Patriots don’t really have anything to do draft-wise until Friday, they’re working on some free agency today. According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Patriots are hosting former Vikings offensive lineman Brandon Fusco today. Fusco, who can play center or guard, was a salary cap cut..." April 26

  • Vikings unlikely to pick up Bridgewater's 5th-year option

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year contract option for 2018 by the May 2 deadline. According to's Adam Schefter, the Vikings are reluctant to pick up the option since it would guarantee Bridgewater $11 million-plus..." April 26

  • Mark Ingram says he’s fine with addition of Adrian Peterson

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram hasn't talked to his new backfield partner Adrian Peterson yet. But Ingram emphasized Tuesday after playing in the Zurich Classic Celebrity Shootout that he didn't have an issue with the team bringing in another running back. "I'm all about..." April 26

  • Vikings are suddenly in play for a quarterback in the draft

    Pro Football Talk "Technically, the Vikings already have selected a quarterback in the 2017 draft. They did it by sending their first-round pick (and more) to Philadelphia last year for Sam Bradford, whose contract expires after the coming season. With the news that 2014 first-round selection Teddy Bridgewater..." April 26

  • Payton: Peterson's 'role will be very clear and defined'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints won't reveal their plan for deploying running backs Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson until September, but coach Sean Payton expects the duo to work well together. Peterson, 32, signed with the Saints on Tuesday, and although he's been a workhorse for most of his career,..." April 26

  • Sam Bradford, Vikings Haven’t Discussed Extension

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings have not yet discussed an extension with quarterback Sam Bradford, as Bradford himself tells Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune (Twitter link). Bradford is entering the final year of his contract in 2017. Bradford, 29, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles before being traded to..." April 26

  • Saints declare Adrian Peterson “an excellent fit” on field, locker room

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints made it official Tuesday, announcing their two-year contract with running back Adrian Peterson. And while he’s coming in as the backup to Mark Ingram and on a reasonably modest contract, the Saints set the bar pretty high for him on his way in the door. “We are excited to welcome..." April 25

  • Brian Robison: Opening night against Adrian Peterson will be “electric”

    Pro Football Talk "When running back Adrian Peterson was on the Vikings, the defense didn’t tackle him during practices which means defensive end Brian Robison has to reach way back in the memory bank to recall a time when he brought Peterson down. That came when Robison was playing for the University of Texas..." April 25

  • 'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

    Sporting News "The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News. The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said. That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents..." April 25

  • Report: Adrian Peterson set market for Marshawn Lynch at $3.5 million

    Sportsnaut "In a surprising twist of fate, running back Adrian Peterson found a new team ahead of running back Marshawn Lynch. Peterson’s contract with the New Orleans Saints, which will pay him $3.5 million a year, has now set the market for Lynch, according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Lynch migrating from..." April 25

  • Beyond 2017, status of Bradford and Bridgewater is up in the air

    Pro Football Talk "For the 2017 season, Sam Bradford is poised to start at quarterback for the Vikings, while Teddy Bridgewater will be on the roster but may not be medically cleared to play. Beyond 2017, it’s unclear whether either of them is in the Vikings’ plans. That came out today when both Bradford and..." April 25

  • Steve Smith: A.P. must show he can do new tricks "On the surface, Adrian Peterson joining the New Orleans Saints seems akin to jamming a square peg into a round hole. Unless you have a team of NASA nerds at your disposal, those ventures generally end up an epic failure. Drew Brees ran 579 plays out of the shotgun, with an additional 374 in..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson: Saints “just felt right within my spirit”

    Pro Football Talk "There are several reasons to wonder why veteran running back Adrian Peterson would choose the Saints, and it’s clear that this one came down to a gut feeling for him. Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson upon agreeing to a two-year deal that he felt at home in New Orleans, for a number of..." April 25

  • How much does Adrian Peterson help the Saints?

    Pro Football Talk "From Adrian Peterson’s perspective, signing with the Saints doesn’t make a lot of sense. From the team’s perspecitve, adding a future Hall of Famer makes a lot of sense — if he has gas in the tank and a chip on his shoulder. But how much will adding Peterson truly help the Saints in 2017? The..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson, Saints finalize two-year deal "Adrian Peterson has found a new home before the start of the Thursday evening portion of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Saints and Peterson finalized a two-year deal Tuesday that will pay the veteran running back $7 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the..." April 25

  • Adrian Peterson to Saints doesn’t make much sense, for Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "It’s obvious why the Saints would want Adrian Peterson. It’s not obvious why Adrian Peterson would want the Saints. Unless, of course, no one else wants Peterson. But even if no other team currently is offering Peterson $3 million or so per year, his likely role (Mark Ingram reportedly would..." April 24

  • Report: Saints, Adrian Peterson 'closing in' on deal

    247 Sports "Adrian Peterson may have found his next NFL team. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the longtime Minnesota Vikings running back is "closing in" on a deal with the New Orleans Saints that would pay him $3 million in 2017. Peterson, 32, is a former seventh-overall pick out of Oklahoma..." April 24

  • Jake Long announces his retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long realized that coming back from a torn Achilles as he approaches his 32nd birthday was going to be a struggle. So Monday, he decided to call it a career. Long tweeted out his thanks to friends and family, but said he wouldn’t be trying to play again. “As..." April 24

  • Saints still talking to Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Rumors "The Saints are still very much involved with Adrian Peterson, according to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune (on Twitter). The two sides still talking about a short-term deal to bring him to New Orleans. Peterson is reportedly willing to play for $5MM or less in the “right situation” and the..." April 24

  • It's not just Laquon Treadwell; depth needed at receiver, tight end

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Around this time last year, when the Vikings used their first-round pick on Laquon Treadwell, a 6-2 split-end wide receiver out of Ole Miss, it looked as if the Vikings had found a perfect fit for Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack. But six months or so later, so much had..." April 23

  • If Joe Mixon is available in draft, Vikings ‘should just take him’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings could be debating whether in next week’s draft to consider Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who was captured on video fracturing a woman’s face with a punch in 2014. Mixon has been meeting with NFL teams in an effort to assure them something similar won’t happen again. Former..." April 21

  • Report: Saints to open at Minnesota on MNF

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson visited the Saints but left without a deal. Now he might reconsider. According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints are going to Minnesota to open the season on Monday Night Football. That’s ostensibly the first half of the doubleheader, along with the..." April 20

  • Giants have interest in Adrian Peterson, LeGarrette Blount

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Giants are still looking to bolster their backfield after they released Rashad Jennings back in February, but that does not mean they are willing to spend a fortune on the position. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Giants have interest in free agent veterans Adrian..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19

  • Poll: 87 percent of NFL fans oppose their team drafting player with history of violence against women

    Sportsnaut "According to one poll, the majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman. “A Marist poll conducted for HBO’s Real Sports found that the vast majority of fans — 87 percent — say that they would oppose their favorite NFL team..." April 19

  • Impact tight ends available for Vikings in the NFL draft

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Will the Vikings continue to address the tight end position alongside Kyle Rudolph? Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, former NFL scouts and current draft analysts for the NFL Network, are among those thinking they could get a difference maker from the upcoming NFL Draft class in two..." April 17

  • Jameis Winston “absolutely” would play with Adrian Peterson after working out with him

    ESPN "Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston found an unlikely training mate in former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson this offseason. The two worked out together in Houston and Winston raved about Peterson on Monday when he was back in the Bucs facility. "Being able to be in the..." April 17

  • BYU's Jamaal Williams has interesting backstory, Vikings' attention

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "While reporting from the scouting combine in Indianapolis last month, I wrote a story for the paper about a deep, talented running back class that excited the Vikings and the rest of the NFL. In that story, I identified five of the most interesting ball-carriers in the draft, whether it was their..." April 16

  • Vikings DE Brian Robison expects to retire after 2018 season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Brian Robison figures it’s time to think about retirement. The Vikings defensive end agreed to rework his contract last month, giving him two years remaining. He said Friday that 2018 likely will mark his final NFL season. “I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it..." April 16

  • Vikings’ Terence Newman studies life, football with equal passion

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Three months after the Minnesota Vikings concluded their macabre 2016 season, the analytical gears are still meshing in the restless brain of Terence Newman. The veteran cornerback and former social science major is chilling on a bench outside the basketball court at his neighborhood LA..." April 14

  • Saints could sign Adrian Peterson ‘down the line’

    The Advocate "Adrian Peterson’s visit with the Saints went well. And while he left without a deal, the door isn’t closed on something happening down the line. It’s not clear if the two sides ever discussed money, but when that hurdle arrives, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. New Orleans..." April 14

  • Mike Zimmer to undergo fifth eye surgery on Monday

    Sportsnaut "Offseason workouts for the Minnesota Vikings are set to begin on Monday. But the team will be without one key member, coach Mike Zimmer. The coach will have the first of two scheduled surgeries on his right eye, this time around, that is. The one he’ll have Monday is actually his fifth in..." April 13

  • Adrian Peterson not expected to land deal until after draft

    Sportsnaut "Veteran free agent running back Adrian Peterson has yet to clinch a new deal. Now, it is looking quite clear that Peterson won’t be signing on with any team prior to the NFL Draft. Peterson most recently visited the New Orleans Saints, though obviously no deal was struck. It would seem that any..." April 13

  • NFL players on the trading block: Big names who could get dealt

    ESPN "Of all the potential NFL offseason storylines, "Seahawks trade Richard Sherman" would have ranked among the least believable two or three months ago. Yet, here we are. Sherman and the Seahawks, one of the most beautiful and successful pairings of player and NFL organization in the past..." April 12

  • Adrian Peterson leaves Saints visit without a deal

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints visited with former All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson on Tuesday, but he left without a deal, according to an NFL Network report. The report Tuesday night indicated the two sides will continue to talk after the visit went well. Peterson, 32, became a free agent in..." April 12

  • NFL Relocation Fees Are Revenues The Players Will Never Touch

    Deadspin "NFL owners are poised to rake in a fortune from the recent franchise relocations of the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders. Those owners naturally won’t be sharing a penny from that windfall with the players. As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the league..." April 11

  • NFL releases 2017 preseason schedule "The NFL released the entire 2017 preseason schedule Monday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised matchups, including a game between the Chargers and Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The 2017 preseason will kick off Thursday, Aug. 3 (NBC, 8 p.m...." April 11

  • NFL Fining Players Who Participated In Vegas Arm Wrestling Event

    CBS Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is reportedly getting fined by the NFL, but not for what you might think. Over the weekend Harrison and dozens of other current and former NFL players reportedly participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel &..." April 10

  • Adrian Peterson worked out for the Patriots during visit

    Pro Football Talk "That visit by Adrian Peterson to New England six days ago wasn’t just a visit. Via Mike Reiss of, the future Hall of Fame running back worked out for the Patriots, too. The team put Peterson through tests and drills, because (as Reiss writes) “they wanted to see [him] work.” Reiss..." April 09

  • Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke wants his throws to overshadow last year's kick

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Taylor Heinicke is currently better known for a kick than a throw, which is something the third-year Vikings quarterback is looking to change this year. The digital insults lobbed at Heinicke after he kicked in the glass pane of a door last summer and severed two tendons in his foot don’t..." April 09

  • Vikings hope to host high school football games at Eagan practice facility in 2018

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With U.S. Bank Stadium firmly entrenched as the home of the Prep Bowl, the Vikings’ new practice facility in Eagan also may soon host high school football. The Vikings announced their intentions to host high school football regular-season games in the fall of 2018 at a Minnesota State High..." April 07

  • Vols running back Alvin Kamara visits Vikings, Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps you’ve heard, the Vikings made a move at running back this offseason. They took a look at a possible replacement yesterday, bringing Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara in for a visit, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Kamara has also been checked out by the Panthers, and could..." April 06

  • Vikings' receiver picture still in flux a year after drafting Laquon Treadwell

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings have written a receiver’s name down on a selection card in nine drafts during the last decade. And it’s looking like a safe bet they’ll stretch that to 10 of the last 11 drafts later this month. A year after taking Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd-overall pick, the Vikings’..." April 06